August 18, 2019

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Aviation Disaster Law Firms

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get into an accident traveling by car or bus than by plane. But when a large commercial plane crashes, tens or hundreds of people can be killed in a single accident. The horror for their families is unimaginable, and it is often compounded by having to wait and wonder if loved ones survived and then dealing with a complicated and confusing system for getting information on what has happened, and eventually compensation for injuries and wrongful death.

If you have been hurt in an aviation disaster, or if someone you love was killed in a deadly crash, you need the help of an aviation disaster law firm staffed with experienced and highly skilled aviation disaster attorneys. Aviation disaster cases are very complex. It takes extensive knowledge and experience, as well as resources, to win.

Aviation Disaster Liability

Depending on the cause of the crash, contributing factors, and other elements, one or more of the following may be held liable for your injuries or the loss of a loved one:

  • Airline
  • Government agencies
  • Pilot
  • Airline personnel
  • Airport operator
  • Maintenance crew
  • Air-traffic controllers
  • Airplane owner
  • Airplane or parts manufacturer
  • Passengers

Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act

The Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 provides protections and services for aviation disaster victims and their families. First, you should know that attorneys and their agents are prohibited from making unsolicited contact with you until the 45th day after the disaster.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) must designate an independent non-profit organization to coordinate services for aviation disaster survivors and their families, including:

  • Meeting with the families
  • Daily briefings with families
  • Victims identification
  • Forensic services
  • Translation services
  • Communication with foreign governments
  • Providing a safe place to grieve where you will not be bothered by lawyers of members of the press
  • Mental health care and counseling
  • Arranging a memorial service

Airlines also have certain duties under the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance act including:

  • Providing family members with transportation to the crash site as well as room and board nearby
  • Establishing a toll-free phone line for families
  • Giving family members the passenger list before it is made public
  • Notifying family members of the death of any loved one before it is made public

To find an experienced aviation disaster law firms in your area, please search our directory of highly credentialed aviation accident lawyers today.